CARACAL, the leading small arms manufacturer and entity within EDGE, one of the top 25 defence groups in the world, is marking its 18th appearance at the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition (ADIHEX 2022) as the UAE’s premier producer of high-performance pistols, sub-machine guns, rifles, and sniper rifles.
At the 19th edition of the event, which runs from 26 September to 2 October at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), CARACAL will be a sector sponsor, showcasing its commercial line of state-of-the-art small arms and will feature displays from LAHAB LIGHT AMMUNITION, LIWA Arms, and its subsidiary MERKEL, a producer of luxury German hunting rifles.
Hamad Alameri, CEO of CARACAL, said: “CARACAL has made incredible progress in recent years to bring high-performing, accurate, and extremely reliable small arms to market here in the UAE, and overseas. Embracing the UAE’s Industry 4.0 and ‘Make it in the Emirates’ initiatives with an innovation mindset has led to CARACAL producing a diverse portfolio of advanced firearms that stand out in the international small arms market for their unique and industry-leading designs. This year, we will be taking great pride in showcasing globally competitive UAE products to the public.”
MERKEL will be displaying their range of hunting rifles and three special edition custom HELIX hunting rifles with bespoke art work inspired by UAE landmarks and UAE wildlife. LIWA Arms will display their Chayeh Z20 hunting rifle in three variants and LAHAB will display a variety of small calibre ammunition.
In keeping with tradition, CARACAL will showcase a pair of ‘Spirit of the Emiratis’ pistols with calligraphy engraving and 24 carat gold inlays.
CARACAL will also be displaying its flagship assault rifle, the CAR 816 in multiple barrel lengths; the CAR 817 assault rifle; the CMP 9 submachine gun in the standard, short, integral suppressor and side charging variants; the CARACAL F pistol; and sniper rifles in different calibres.
ADIHEX is the largest exhibition for hunting, equestrian, and heritage preservation in the Middle East and Africa region. The highly celebrated annual event attracts over 105,000 local and global visitors to explore the latest technologies, innovations, and trends in equestrian, hunting, camping, traditional and modern hunting. Under the theme ‘Sustainability and Heritage...A Reborn Aspiration’, ADIHEX 2022 offers CARACAL the opportunity to deepen their affinity with the UAE public, feature their trailblazing small arms, and highlight their global presence and reputation.
Established in 2007, CARACAL is a regional and international leader in high-performance small arms. The company designs, engineers, innovates and manufactures mission-proven firearms for law enforcement, security and military forces, with a production legacy spanning more than 15 years.
CARACAL’s product portfolio includes pistols, submachine guns, assault rifles and sniper rifles across a range of calibres. CARACAL’s experience reflects in the quality, performance and dependability of its growing range of weapons, incorporating the latest technological advances, developed to meet the evolving and challenging nature of warfare as well as the diverse mission requirements of customers in the UAE and abroad.
CARACAL is part of the Missiles & Weapons cluster of EDGE Group, an advanced technology group that ranks among the top 25 military suppliers in the world.
Launched in November 2019, the UAE’s EDGE is one of the world’s leading advanced technology groups, established to develop agile, bold and disruptive solutions for defence and beyond, and to be a catalyst for change and transformation. It is dedicated to bringing breakthrough innovations, products, and services to market with greater speed and efficiency, to position the UAE as a leading global hub for future industries, and to creating clear paths within the sector for the next generation of highly-skilled talent to thrive.
With a focus on the adoption of 4IR technologies, EDGE is driving the development of sovereign capabilities for global export and for the preservation of national security, working with front-line operators, international partners, and adopting advanced technologies such as autonomous capabilities, cyber-physical systems, advanced propulsion systems, robotics and smart materials. EDGE converges R&D, emerging technologies, digital transformation, and commercial market innovations with military capabilities to develop disruptive solutions tailored to the specific requirements of its customers.
Headquartered in Abu Dhabi, capital of the UAE, EDGE consolidates more than 20 entities into four core clusters: Platforms & Systems, Missiles & Weapons, Electronic Warfare & Cyber Technologies, and Trading & Mission Support.